2 killed by Ill. oil pipeline explosion

2 cars crashed through fence and into oil pipeline; massive fire takes 3 hours to extinguish, critically injures 3

By Brian Stanley and Steve Metsch
The Chicago Sun-Times

NEW LENOX, Ill. — Two cars crashed through a fence and into an oil pipeline in the southwest suburbs early Saturday — killing two men, critically injuring three others and setting off a fiery explosion and oil fire that burned for hours, officials said.

The fire that erupted in New Lenox Township could be seen from at least a half-mile away and wasn't put out until 5 a.m., three hours after the explosion, and the pipeline wasn't capped for six hours. The situation was so hazardous that even by Saturday afternoon, coroner's officials had not been able to recover the bodies.

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